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about it http://danmarknorge.org/wp-includes/plugin.php geneva;”>Mr. President, I have followed events in my home country Uganda.
Many Ugandans in Uganda and Diaspora, especially UK where I have lived in exile for over 25 years have called upon me to make my stand known as regards the current malaise created by few selfish opposition leaders.
Having burnt my fingers in the Uganda Peace Talks where I helped to negotiate a return to peace in Northern Uganda (between LRA/GOU2006-2008) and having worked so hard under tough conditions to seek DIALOGUE for the people of Uganda, I had decided to keep off Ugandan politics for some time.
This was due to many people enjoying that peace (like Besigye and Olara Otunnu) and trying to destroy that peace today, did not recognise my contribution and role I and others played in silencing the guns in Northern Uganda.
Mr. President, that aside, my position on the Uganda scenario is that the current acrimony created by foreign instigators under the guise of “walk to work” is a simple CIA mechanism of regime change in Africa.
Whether we say prices or elections it remains the same.
The current stalemate in Uganda meets the standards of “wider dialogue and engagement rather than confrontation”.
What we see on the streets of Kampala and what is developing in other parts of Africa can be resolved by constructive dialogue that builds consensus not violence.
Mr. President, Ugandans labelled me names when I stood up to engage the LRA to find peace in Northern Uganda, many have prostituted my name when I visited Uganda in 2008 on a peace mission and called me a traitor for having accepted to shake hands with you for the sake of national unity, BUT I told them that wider dialogue is better than confrontation, AND I have remained committed to the route of dialogue which we followed on the matter of LRA with Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda as peace makers in our country.
That is why I am writing to you as a father of the nation to seek national dialogue and reconciliation with Dr. Besigye and others for the better future of our country Uganda.
Mr. President, due to the massive deception generated by some political malcontents in Uganda and the usage of high prices of commodities and current worldwide inflation crisis as a decoy, and by coining a slogan “walk to work” to seek international media hype, I have been forced to make my position known against this type of ‘commercial democracy” sponsored by the USA on Ugandans and Africans at large.
I am personally appalled by the violence and the intentions of those inciters who create conditions for such actions to be used on them.
I believe that there are better ways for a constructive opposition leader to make his/her point clear so that alternative views are seen by the public. It is shameful to see images of a Ugandan opposition leader thrown like sand bags on a pick up and then he comes out the some days later threatening further action of “walk to work.”
This is sickening to some of proud Ugandans who defend our country abroad voluntarily.
Mr. President, I believe some opposition leaders` in Uganda are out “to finish the unfinished business “that they have had with you President Museveni since 1986 or beyond.
They are not out to defend the masses on high prices that have hit the entire world including London where most of us live in exile.
I believe that most of the leaders of the Ugandan opposition base their politics on failure. Uganda needs a constructive opposition that has alternative vision for Ugandans.
Our nation does not need men or women whose lust for state house occupancy overweighs the needs of national peace and security.
An opposition that relies on, politics of deviance, that lacks ability and credibility, whose politics is based on inattention that kills specified agenda, an opposition that has inadequacy with incomplete journey, an opposition that has complexity when encountered for results, and an opposition that has uncertain future in our country creates conflict at the end.
Mr. President, that opposition needs engagement and wider dialogue from a strong government like yours. These are tools of political science which are the best medicine for the current turmoil we have in our country.
Mr. President, on December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”
Mr. President, this declaration under international law means both sides of the coin are obeyed. In Uganda as much as demonstrators might want to walk, the Ugandan law is paramount under any international stage.
Both the demonstrators and the state must respect the international law. “But the state must go a notch higher to provide laws and organs to protect and preserve the nation under the same international law. States have obligation to protect the same laws that have to be followed by citizens”.
These are enshrined in the same UN charter that supports universal rights of the same world citizens of any country.
Uganda is not an exception and violent demonstrators have no room to complain when the state protects the same international law with any amount of tactics available as long as there is order and laid down procedure to be followed.
Mr. President the same is cited under Article 19 reads: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Mr. President, for days now Ugandan opposition chiefs have been leading pockets of the citizenry and supporters in what has come to be called ‘Walk to Work’ demos.
The demonstrations which opposition protagonists have dubbed peaceful but have now turned violent and led to deaths of Ugandans and others hospitalized in various hospitals must be condemned and avoided.
While I am aware of their inherent rights above and taking cognizance of their justifiable claims to protest-the high cost of living, I would like to say that the leaders need to use other avenues to address the crisis.
I am also cognizant of article 29 of the Ugandan supreme law that protects freedom of co-science, expression, movement, religion, assembly and association.
Article 29 (d) says that no one shall be deprived right to freedom to assemble and to demonstrate together with others peacefully and unarmed and to petition.
Mr. President , Uganda has been going through tougher times following the announcement that oil markets are expected to further tighten over the next two years, due to slowed supply of oil products.
Energy Information Administration, a statistical and analytical agency in the US, said recently that the current conditions result from an expected draw down of global petroleum stocks from non-Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (non-OPEC).
As a result the cost of living is expected to raise further. This has come to pass and not only affecting Ugandans but the region as well.
Even neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania they have not been spared either. In Kenya for example the cost of essential commodities have skyrocketed as the cost of fuel per little hits a high!
Mr. President; it must be known that actions of walk to work continues in Uganda under the pretext of high food prices sparked by oil price increases the USA agency revealed that crude oil currently imported at $112 a barrel in March from $95 in February, is expected to rise to $120 in the coming months and even higher.
Two weeks ago Information Minister Kabakumba Matsiko tried to explain away the problem as an external matter caused by rising food and oil prices globally.
A recent report put monthly dollar demand (largely by multi-national corporations repatriating their dividends) at $130m.
Without the export growth we’ve sang about for decades, higher tourism earnings and improved remittances, the shilling will continue to take a beating from the dollar for a long time to come.
Mr. President, as most analysts have put it in Uganda press recently the problems in Uganda are based on economic issues which require sober policy prescriptions and the political maturity and discipline.
The avenue the opposition has taken is not fruitful because it will destroy what we achieved as Ugandans for the last 49 years of independence. A solution won’t be found in demos that result in chaos and political mileage.
Our opposition leaders should acknowledge that despite their rights being enshrined in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Supreme law of the land does not give them express rights to use their inborn rights to cause havoc in the country.
They should instead use other mechanisms which can be able to benefit Uganda and Ugandans at large.
Mr. President, I suggest that opposition parties in Uganda and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for example through its legislators in parliament should team up with Finance minister Syda Bbumba at Finance and come up with bills that can able the government to cut taxes so as to cushion Ugandans from the effects of high fuels prices and rise in inflation.
I believe that constructive dialogue and structural approaches are best routes to the issues that affect the common man and woman in the streets of Kampala and elsewhere!
FDC as the lead opposition party should instead come up with shadow ministers and a shadow government that will sit with Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to prescribe what they think should be done to cushion Ugandans out of this predicament.
Mr. President, FDC as a party should be telling Ugandans what plans they have to cushion Ugandans out of rising inflation and cost of fuel and essential commodities if they were in power.
These problems are not only prone to the Movement or President Museveni or Uganda. As a lead opposition party they must have a party manifesto that comes up with substantial approaches and solution to the rise in inflation and high cost of living.
That’s what they should be telling us not empty walk to work protests without a solution. Our politics must move from antagonistic status to structural and meaningful dialogue that can be able to offer solutions to the common man.
Mr. President, Army Spokesman, Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye and Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, have called the walk to work protests as illegal and said police would arrest those who got involved.
That is true because walking alone to work is not a problem but collecting and attracting supporters to walk without a permit in any country in the world is a crime.
Uganda government is right and their fears are right that the protests are aimed at causing havoc in the country and that they have a hidden agenda other than the high costs of living.
Mr. President, early in the year when Dr Besigye lost elections he said he will marshal Ugandans for what he termed as Egypt like protests. That’s where the opposition lost the point.
Egypt, Tunisian, Ivory Coast and now Libyan protests are unique in their ways and cannot be called for in Uganda.
The protests so far have seen people arrested and lined up in different courts across the country over their involvement in the walk-to-work protests that continued for the third time in barely two weeks.
They will continue if a wider strategy of dialogue is not put in place.
Mr. President, the continuous arrests engineered by opposition leaders and their daily bailing o puts our country in a shape internationally.
The opposition leadership seems to be more determined to create an international outcry in order to deliver a simple point of price increase.
They are charged with offences ranging from inciting violence, disobedience of lawful orders to obstructing traffic before being released on bail which mocks our integrity as a nation.
Mr. President, the “walk to work” type of protests have gone beyond their subtle call for the cost of living and now look more political and are inspired by our so-called friends of USA for violent regime change.
If the leaders of the protests were genuine why are they now politicizing the judicial process and undermining the entire system of governance? Two weeks ago Democratic Party (DP) President Norbert Mao and six other party members declined bail and were sent to Prison.
This is very dangerous to a nation.
Mr. President, this is aimed at attracting sympathy from international community to use “commercial democracy” to create conflict in Uganda. The tactics are used by opposition in order to get your attention.
This can easily disappear if a face to face meeting is called and the likes of Dr. Besigye and others like Dr. Olara Otunnu can air out their grievances though constructive wider dialogue.
In political science any vacuum gives rise to rumours and innuendos that can destroy a country.
I have written to opposition requesting them to constructively criticize with positive neutrality that can deliver our Uganda from any future conflict.
Therefore those Ugandans who had wanted my position explained can learn from written letter to the President that I am in for “engagement and constructive wider dialogue” than violent regime change tactics of Dr Besigye and others that could breed a new conflict in Uganda.
That is my position and I will stand by that position come rain or sun shine.
Thanking you in advance
David Nyekorach- Matsanga (PhD)
Chairman/ Chief Executive Office. Africa World Media Ltd
Note: The President’s Special Assistant for Communications, Ms Sarah Kagingo, told Chimpreports that she had never seen the alleged letter since 2011.